Wolf Run Road

I needed to hike.  And I needed a fairly flat road.  Wolf Run Road, off Route 280 was the perfect spot.  It’s a part of Allegany State Park, though not a part that the average visitor frequents.

Wolf Run Road

I was a little worried about hunters.  As we walked, I realized that even though the tire tracks seemed relatively fresh, none of the ice on the puddles was broken.  Oh yeah!  No hunting in the Park on Sundays.  Whew.

We saw a pheasant and a grouse. Chickadees. Blue Jays. A Red-tailed Hawk… But what had me fascinated all along the way were those frozen, unbroken puddles.

Frozen Puddle

Frozen Puddle

Frozen Puddle

Froze Puddle

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Around Spatterdock Pond

One month ago today I leaned over to pick up my dog and toss her into the back seat of the car. Snap! My back went out! It’s been quite a month of doctor, chiropractor, and physical therapy appointments and exercises. I’m not fully recovered yet, but getting close! Today I walked one mile around Spatterdock Pond and felt real good about it! Of course my back is tired now, but hey… we’re getting there… Slow but sure!

Dogwood Skeletons
This is a color photo.

Ice and Reflections
Ponds were just starting to freeze.

Rushes and Reflections
Rushes were bent close to the water. And the sun started to come out just as I came near the end of the walk.

Pond Colors
The color in this pond stopped me in my tracks!

Sugar Maple
I can’t seem to walk by this tree without snapping a picture.

Happy December!